Governor Rule Should Be Proclaimed In Sindh Province
22 June 2015
By Saeed Qureshi
It appears that now the big fish both erstwhile and in power have started
feeling the pinch of the anti-corruption drive pedaled by the Rangers in
Karachi. It is a known fact that the MQM and PPP alternately ruling in Karachi
have been milking the national exchequer and encouraging the unrelenting spate
of lawlessness and crimes for years now.
With the backing and support of the power wielders like
ministers and senior government officials, the crimes gangs have a free hand to
rob and kill the businessmen, the traders and industrialists without any let or
hindrance. From unlawful sale of water to extortion of money from the
shopkeepers and robbing the banks had the tacit support and patronage of the
stalwarts of PPP and MQM.
Additionally the stray gangs of the religious lot,
professional hardened criminals, the bounty hunters of all hues and shades also
joined this mayhem to blackmail and harass the common people as well as the
business classes for payments of extortion money and forcible seizure of the
properties. Those who dithered or resisted were put to death, maimed or
brutalized in other manners.
The police and normal law enforcement agencies like police failed to curb or
bridle the escalating crime. Rather many members of the police and intelligence
agencies had to lose their lives in combating the outlaws that are having a
state within a state and have the tacit cover from the power wielders. One can
imagine further loss of life and disruption of business in Karachi if the
Rangers had not stepped in and rein in the serial killers and tiger happy
While the successive incumbent provincial governments in Sindh
have utterly failed because of their connivance in proliferation of lawlessness
and exhibiting scant concern of the deteriorating law and order and public
peace, it was an overdue decision to hand over Karachi to well trained Rangers
to combat and eliminate the perpetrators of crime, sabotage, lawlessness and
killing sprees. The Rangers have been doing a highly commendable and historic
job restoring peace and order in a city that had turned into a haven for the
enemies of the country and that had sinister motives to inflict harm to the
economic and industrial activities at the behest of the internal traitors or the
While crime incidence has drastically come down in Karachi it
is imperative that this purge of the crime mongers is continued till Karachi is
cleansed of the crime. Now the Rangers have started apprehending the crooks and
thieves of those who massed money through misuse of power in allotting property,
real estate and also in doling out ghost jobs. The massive funds for development
projects for health and education and development have been diverted and grossly
misused by the officialdom and bureaucracy. The corruption and lack of
accountability and the misuse of powers have been rampant not only in Karachi
but elsewhere in the country.
The sources of the inflow of unhindered money from pilferage
and sale of water, from robberies and looting banks and the common people and
the business classes are now drying up. And that is why the leaders of the PPP
and the MQM are questioning the role of the Rangers.
The statement of Asif Zardari that he has a long list of the
corrupt army generals and that the army should stop teasing them is as
surprising as it is foolish in the prevailing circumstances. This would rather
impel the army to move with greater speed and tempo to unearth the sleazy
characters within the government and the politics who encouraged and benefited
from the years of lawlessness and break down of the law and order making Karachi
and the rest of country a kind of hell and the most unsafe.
It is good that Mian Nawaz Sharif has put off his scheduled
meeting with belligerent Asif Zardari which was aimed at winning the support of
the incumbent federal government for putting up a combined confrontational
posture against the armed forces. Had the meeting taken place the army would
have gotten a wrong message. This could have also undermined the sincerity of
the government towards the army action in Karachi and in northern areas against
The other dimension could be that by seeing the party in power
and PPP in league, the army could have thought of martial law which would have
been the worst scenario for Pakistan and continuation of democracy. It can be
the most desirable development for India and internal enemies. In that situation
Pakistan would have gone back to square one with a throwback to Zia and
Musharraf's military eras scuttling democracy and people empowerment.
As such the Rangers and the armed force should keep on performing their
monumental and historic role in clearing Pakistan both from the hardened
criminal gangs and corrupt elements as well the religious militants waging their
bloody war against the people and state of Pakistan.
The Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah is a weak and
dysfunctional person and his letter to the DG Rangers not to exceed the mandate
is a resonance of the Zardari statement about the corrupt army generals. Since
the Sindh provincial government of PPP would be reluctant to support Rangers for
known reasons, the only viable way-out for the Rangers is to continue its
operations is to declare governor rule with a limited mandate in that troubled
province. That change would give a free hand to the Rangers to continue its
operations that are aimed at saving Pakistan and Karachi from outlaws.
In the meantime two former prime minister of Pakistan Raja
Pervez Ashraf and Yousuf Raza Gilani have voluntarily resigned from their
positions in the Pakistan People's Party that demonstrates the internal rift
within the party on ill-timed, imprudent and provocative statement of Mr.
The writer is a senior journalist, former editor of
Diplomatic Times and a former diplomat.This and other articles by the writer can
also be read at his blog www.uprightopinion.com.